Sightings: July

Many of these are from a trip to Chattanooga, TN. Others were taken during my lunch breaks from work, where I would either walk around the industrial park in LaGrange, GA or Ansley Park in Atlanta.


This is a drawing that I did for a pet portrait competition with Spoonflower. I decided to show my friend’s dog, Laser, fighting with his nemesis, a fly.


I started with this portrait and first did a really rough sketch in Prismacolor on Denril before diving into the full size drawing. I sketched him in pencil, then drew in the shading/ hair with Micron pens on Denril. Then I scanned this in and applied the final color in Photoshop.

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Postcards Wallpaper

I designed a wallpaper recently for the Spoonflower competition based on the theme of postcards. I began by thinking about what I wanted to use the theme to convey and settled on the idea of the “Grand Tour,” of the 18th and 19th century. I wanted the imagery to not only be composed of the sites that people might have visited but to also think about the stamps and postage and other marks that give evidence to the travel and further context to the imagery.

With that in mind, I sketched out two groups of imagery: the sites and the stamps. I rendered the sites in pen and Prismacolor markers, as if they were sketches from the sites. To create the stamp images, I looked at some real examples that I found on some auction sites to get me started on the range of portraits and ornamentation and complexity of the stamp imagery, but let my self get creative with it, rather working directly from those examples.

I then scanned all of this in to create the layout and added distressing in Photoshop using different brushes to make it all look a little worn.

a sketch of a waterfall

a sketch of a waterfall

the sphinx

the sphinx